THE MDC-T Bulawayo province has resolved to expel all its members who are suspected sympathisers or friends of the four rebels it expelled after they submitted their nomination papers to stand as independents in the forthcoming elections.
Albert Mhlanga, the MDC-T provincial organising secretary, urged structures to embark on a witch-hunt of friends or sympathisers of the independent candidates, so they can be expelled.
Mhlanga described MDC-T members associating with Felix Magalela Sibanda (ex-Magwegwe MP), Kidwell Mujuru, Prince Dube and Samuel Sandla Khumalo (ex-Pelandaba-Mpopoma MP) as undisciplined.
“We are urging you to identify and expel their sympathisers forthwith,” he said.
“Do not worry about the procedures. Just expel them and write to the province to endorse the expulsions.
“The rebels do not want to be with us and so there is no reason why we should have their supporters in the party.”
Reggie Moyo, the MDC-T Bulawayo provincial secretary, weighed in saying: “We will not hesitate to expel anyone who supports the rebels.”
“There is no reason to have such people in the MDC-T because they will be sabotaging our campaigns.”
The MDC-T provincial structures are experiencing infighting and factionalism and statements by Moyo and Mhlanga are set to further divide it.
Mafa, Khumalo and Dube have said that they support MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, but are against the provincial leadership for rigging primary elections and imposing their friends and cronies.
The four allege tribalism influenced the voting process to ensure that aspiring candidates with Shona links were barred at all costs.
High Court judge Justice Maphios Cheda on Wednesday ordered the four not to use the MDC-T symbols during their campaigns.